The D.I.Y. Mary

Building a better bloody bar with Kerry Simon

At Palms Place, Simon’s much-loved Sunday brunch features a $10 all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary bar and chef Kerry Simon’s secret tomato base. When faced with the dizzying array of accoutrements and hot sauces, Simon says it’s best not to complicate things.

“You can be brave, you can be adventurous—you just also need to be cautious,” he says. However, his personal preference is simple: “Stick to the basics.”

Chef Simon’s Bloody Mary bar:

  • Vodka: Absolut, Absolut Citron, Absolut Peppar, or Skyy
  • Salt rim: sea, celery, lemon-pepper, or chili
  • Pickled vegetables: asparagus, cherry peppers, cauliflower, green beans, pearl onions, gherkins and olives
  • Sauces: More than 50 varieties of hot sauce, plus Tabasco, Cholula, Sriracha and Worcestershire
  • Minced horseradish
  • Fresh celery stalks
  • Cilantro
  • Beef jerky
  • Wedges of lemon and lime